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When protests and mass gatherings turn violent

After the Thursday shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers I had the chance to talk to Chris Cebollero about his experience as the Christian Hospital EMS Chief during the Ferguson protests and riots. Cebollero shares some important lessons learned, as well as some mistakes he made, to help other EMS chiefs, leaders and field personnel prepare for mass gatherings and violence in their communities. I also added links to other articles on the EMS response to and standby during Ferguson violence.

Listen: Inside EMS Podcast on How to prepare for and respond to violence at protests 

I also wrote about the importance for medics to be cautious, calm and conspicuous in Rapid Response: Paramedic preparation, response to police shot at mass gatherings

Additional fire/EMS reaction to the Dallas police shootings and what the implications might be for paramedics, EMTs and firefighters.

EMS needs to serve our communities with integrity and respect by Art Hsieh

Fire and EMS takeaways from the Dallas shooting by Rick Markley

Coarse Asystole: Scene safety is more than jazz hands and words by Sean Hulsman

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.